Specialized duo heats up at Sizzler
By Anthony Cerrentani, VeloNews Editorial Intern
Continuing their tour of the Golden State, Specialized teammates Barbara Blatter and Bas Van Dooren dominated the 13th Annual Sizzler Mountain Bike Classic, April 1, in San Jose, California.
After finishing second in the overall at Sea Otter in Monterey a week earlier, Blatter dominated the Sizzler, winning by 3:05. “It was like a fast training session,” said Blatter, who is now getting ready for the World Cup opener this weekend at Napa. “I had a flat tire, but it was good practice. My coach said I shouldn’t go 100 percent.”
Mary McConneloug was second, while Willow Koerber (Cane Creek) took third.
Van Dooren, who was third overall at Sea Otter and second in last year’s final World Cup standings, won the 26-mile cross-country race by 22 seconds. Canada’s Andreas Hestler finished second, while Josh Fleming rounded out the top three.
The 26-mile course consisted of narrow fire-roads, two miles of single-track, and a two-mile climb with 800 feet of elevation gain.
AMBC SIZZLER MOUNTAIN BIKE CLASSIC, San Jose, CA, March 31-April 1.
1. Bas Van Dooren (Nl), Specialized, 26 miles in 1:30:12; 2. Andreas Hestler (Can) at 0:22; 3. Josh Fleming at 0:42; 4. Seamus McGrath (Can), Haro-Lee Dungarees, at 0:43; 5. Henrik Sparrat 2:20; 6. Chris Sheppard, (Can), Haro-Lee Dungarees, at 2:25; 7. Eric Jones (USA), SoBe Headshock, at 2:54; 8. Ben Jacques-Maynes at 6:15; 9. Warren Gravely at 7:03; 10. Andy Maynes at 7:58.
1. Barbara Blatter, (Swi), Specialized, 26 miles in 1:54:42; 2. Mary McConneloug at 3:05; 3. Willow Koerber (USA), Cane Creek, at 3:19; 4. Carmen D’Alusio, (USA), Volvo-Cannondale, at 3:58; 5. Janie Dalton, at 5:08; 6. Karen Kurreck at 7:08; 7. Kate Maher at 11:30; 8. Heather Gran Svahn at 18:02.